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Director's Memo 2020-07-13

Monday, July 13, 2020

New Master Educator courses can help educators meet professional development requirements

Check out CareerTech Master Educator to meet your required professional development needs. Administrators, to sign up your whole district, please contact Jennifer Wehrenberg at

Safety skills courses available are Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention; Bloodborne Pathogens for Research and Campus Activities; Slips/Trips/Falls; Fall Protection; Reasonable Suspicion Substance Abuse Training for Supervisors; FERPA - Family Educational Rights and; Privacy Act; Title IX/Sexual Misconduct at Educational Facilities; Lockout/Tagout; Hazard Communication; Discrimination in the Workplace; Bloodborne Pathogens; Sexual Harassment and Discrimination for Employees; Drug Free Workplace; Sexual Harassment and Discrimination for Managers; Hearing Conservation; Back Injury Prevention; CPR Refresher (Microlearning); Hands-Only CPR (Microlearning); Fire Extinguisher Training; and Title IX/ Regarding the Homeless Population.

CareerTech Champion: Evelyn Morales – Metro Technology Centers and SkillsUSA

THEN: The daughter of immigrants, Evelyn Morales said she wanted to demonstrate the true meaning of serving and protecting her community.

“I want to make a difference in the way justice is served,” she said.

The Northwest Classen High School junior enrolled in the law enforcement education program at Metro Technology Centers and joined SkillsUSA’s Crime Scene Investigation program. There, Morales learned how to find and lift fingerprints and solve crimes.

Morales said the Metro Tech program

  • Helped her develop better communication skills.
  • Allowed her to earn her unarmed security license and CPR certification.
  • Taught her leadership skills.

Those leadership skills have come in handy in her job at Chick-Fil-A, where she said she was recently promoted to team leader.

The multi-talented high school student was also chosen to sing the national anthem at the opening ceremony of SkillsUSA’s national conference in Louisville, Kentucky.

NOW: Morales plans to finish high school this year, but her goals to serve and protect are just getting started. After graduation she plans to go to college and work as a detention officer. From there, she would like to work for the Oklahoma City Police Department, be a patrol officer and work in the K-9 unit.

“Power should not mean corruption,” she said. “As a Latina woman, I want to use strength and humility as a law enforcer.”

“I have matured during the CareerTech experience and learned to look at life in a more passionate way.” -- Evelyn Morales, law enforcement student

ODCTE will host bloodmobile July 24

Oklahoma CareerTech will host an Oklahoma Blood Institute bloodmobile for a blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 24. Each donor will receive a T-shirt, a free COVID-19 antibody test and a choice of voucher for one entry to Frontier City or the Science Museum Oklahoma, or two entries to Safari Joe’s H2O/Water Park. Masks will be required.

To schedule an appointment, go to the OBI website.

CareerTech Champion: Trevor Hughes - Meridian Technology Center, FFA, HOSA

THEN: His father once told him, “If you’re the smartest person in the room, then you’re in the wrong room.” So,Trevor Hughes found a different room. The high school junior said he needed more challenging math and science classes than his small high school was able to offer him, so Hughes enrolled in Meridian Technology Center’s biomedical sciences program. There, the Morrison High School standout was able to take anatomy, physiology, precalculus and biomedical sciences.

Already a member of FFA, Hughes enrolled in HOSA, the CareerTech student organization affiliated with health careers education. At Meridian Tech, he said he learned about

  • Lab safety and procedures.
  • The body’s reactions to everything from diseases to open wounds.
  • The importance of homeostasis.

After a year at Meridian, Hughes took college and high school classes concurrently. Hughes said he knows the value of hard work, and he attributes that to his membership in FFA.

“I am forever in debt to the FFA,” he said. “I am thankful for every person who pushed me to better myself, and I hope to carry on the values of the organization for the rest of my life.”

In addition to classwork and involvement in CareerTech student organizations, Hughes played baseball, football and piano.

Still, he said, he found time to apply for numerous college scholarships, and one of those paid off in a big way. Hughes received the OG&E Positive Energy Scholarship. If he keeps his grades up, that scholarship will be worth $60,000 throughout his college career.

NOW: This fall, Hughes will major in engineering at Oklahoma State University. After graduation from OSU, he hopes to travel the world and inspect above-ground oil storage tanks.

“A life full of service rather than self-absorption is a life well lived.” Trevor Hughes

Registration is open for Oklahoma Summit

Please register for Oklahoma Summit 2020, which will be a virtual conference this year. A schedule and information about spotlight sessions is now on the ODCTE and OkACTE websites.

Conference at a Glance

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In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact. — Les Brown
Last Modified on May 15, 2023
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